According to NPR, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, is dead:
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Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, died from complications from cancer. Her death will set in motion what promises to be a tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her.
"My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," Ginsburg reportedly told her granddaughter Clara Spera before she died.
She knew what was to come. Ginsburg's death will have profound consequences for the court and the country. Inside the court, not only is the leader of the liberal wing gone, but with the Court about to open a new term, Chief Justice John Roberts no longer holds the controlling vote in closely contested cases.
Though he has a consistently conservative record in most cases, he has split from fellow conservatives in a few important ones, this year casting his vote with liberals, for instance, to at least temporarily protect the so-called Dreamers from deportation by the Trump administration, to uphold a major abortion precedent, and to uphold bans on large church gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. But with Ginsburg gone, there is no clear court majority for those outcomes.
US Supreme Court: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has died. pic.twitter.com/q78wKTAwkw— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 18, 2020